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Glorious Goodwood Tips

2018 Glorious Goodwood Preview

Every year in late July, the eyes of the racing world turn to Goodwood racecourse in West Sussex for the week-long Glorious Goodwood Festival.

Stretching from Tuesday to Saturday, the Festival contains a fantastic mixture of sprints and staying races, Group Ones and handicaps, all run over the tight, undulating Goodwood track. 

The course is largely downhill on the run to the line, meaning the times clocked in the five and six furlong sprints can be lightening quick.

Tuesday kicks off with a bang, with the Group Two Lennox Stakes over seven furlongs. All eyes will then be on Stradivarius, as John Gosden's Gold Cup winner tried to retain the trophy he won last season and take another step towards the WH Stayers' Million Bonus.

The feature race on day two, and perhaps the whole week, is the Group One Sussex Stakes. Without Parole will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Sire Frankel - a two-time winner of this race - by extending his unbeaten record. The St James's Palace Stakes winner is likely to face stiff competition from Gustav Klimt, Lightning Speak, Rhododendron and Benbatl.

Ladies’ Day for the Festival is held on the Thursday and with one of the most notable features of the week is the thousands of panama hats that will be on display that day. The on-track action is highlighted by the Nassau Stakes, where Hydrangea could pit her wits against Coronet, Sea Of Class and 1000 Guineas winner, Billesdon Brook.

Friday’s racing is all about speed, with the highlight being the King George Stakes sprint. The Glorious Stakes and the Thoroughbred Stakes get day four off to a thrilling start, before some of the best one-mile handicappers take to the turf in the Betfred Mile Handicap. 

The main event on the fifth and final day is the Group Three Gordon Stakes. However, it's the thrilling Stewards Cup Heritage Handicap that punters will look forward to most on day five, with a huge field of sprinters battling it out for a Glorious prize on the hallowed Goodwood turf.

Glorious Goodwood Betting Tips 2018

Check back nearer the time to see our experts free betting tips and predictions ahead of every race at Glorious Goodwood.
Tips will be available when the markets open.

Day 1 - Tuesday

2018 Goodwood Cup Tips


Call To Mind holds plenty of each-way appeal, but my preference is with SOUTHERN FRANCE, who looked an up-and-coming stayer to be reckoned with when running behind Kew Gardens in the Queen’s Vase.

Kew Gardens powered past the pace-setting Nelson with three furlongs to travel and ran out a worthy winner. Southern France - much less experienced than the winner - had to come from a long way off the pace, but Seamie Heffernan’s mount ate up the turf and was finishing better than anyone coming down the home straight.

Southern France should take well to the step up in trip and, given a more prominent position rounding the final bend, he could give his elders something to think about.

Full ante-post preview and tips here.

Day 2 - Wednesday

2018 Sussex Stakes Tips


Lightning Spear finished third in this race last year before winning the Celebration Mile here at Goodwood. David Simcock’s seven-year-old has been running well all season and could be worth a flutter. Yet, the fact that seven of the past ten renewals have been won by three-year-olds, and only one older horse has triumphed on firm ground in the past two decades, placing your faith on an improving youngster like WITHOUT PAROLE could pay dividends.

The Frankel colt is unbeaten in four starts and managed to claim a maiden Group One title at Royal Ascot, powering home from a prominent position to win the St James’ Palace Stakes. He could follow in the footsteps of his sire - a two-time winner of the Sussex Stakes - and hand John Gosden another Group One trophy.

Full ante-post preview and each-way tip here.

Day 3 - Thursday

2018 Nassau Stakes Tips


Hydrangea finished fourth in this race last year and would be an interesting each-way proposition if declared. However, the best bet in the current ante-post betting has to be BILLESDON BROOK.

There was no fluke about Billesdon Brook's superb victory in the Guineas and the form of that Classic has been significantly boosted since. The hold-up tactics employed by Richard Hannon and Sean Levey didn't work at Royal Ascot, but Billesdon Brook's breeding suggests she will take well to this extended trip and the Guineas champ won two major races around the tricky track here at Goodwood last year.

Full 2018 Nassau Stakes preview and straight win tip here.

Day 4 - Friday

2018 King George Ante-Post Tips


DREAMFIELD is currently the favourite for the Stewards’ Cup Handicap on the final day of Glorious Goodwood, but it wouldn’t be a surprise in the slightest to see Dreamfield dropped back to the minimum trip and given a crack at Battaash in the King George.

After spending 600 days out of action, Dreamfield returned with a bang by beating Silent Echo in a handicap at Ascot. Gosden’s four-year-old then carried a price of 2/1 into the Wokingham and his fine solo effort down the centre of the track was good enough to beat all but Bacchus in what was a thrilling renewal of that historic handicap.

James Doyle was tracking the leaders for much of the July Cup and looked perfectly positioned to mount a challenge, obly for Dreamfield to fade in the closing stages. Gosden must have watched that performance and thought his sprinter could contend for major honours over five furlongs and a tilt at the King George could set him up for the Nunthorpe, a race which Dreamfield holds an entry into.

Day 5 - Saturday

2018 Steward's Cup Ante-Post Tips


TIS MARVELLOUS 
spent his three-year-old campaign running against the best in the sprinting ranks, finishing behind the likes of Caravaggio, Battaash and Blue Point. A gelding operation followed at the end of the season and Clive Cox decided to send Tis Marvellous over to Dubai, but his four-year-old didn’t do himself justice in two lucrative handicap appearances.

Since returning to British soil, results have taken a positive turn. Tis Marvellous ran well from a tricky draw to snatch fifth on his reappearance at Newmarket, before bettering that result with a one-length defeat in the Wokingham. A repeat of that performance would surely see Tis Marvellous go close.

More ante-post each-way tips here.

Glorious Goodwood Schedule 2018

Coming soon - see the full schedule of races at Goodwood.

Qatar Goodwood Festival - Glorious Goodwood

Goodwood has held horse racing meetings since the early 1800s and the summer festival soon became a huge attraction, becoming known as 'Glorious Goodwood' because of the typically warm weather and the course's picturesque setting. This was the festival's official name until 2014, when thanks to the largest sponsorship deal in UK racing history, it was rebranded as the 'Qatar Goodwood Festival'. 

The five-day meeting features a number of exciting races, many of them attracting some of the best flat-racing racehorses in the world. A handful of races have extensive prize pots, leaving the owners of the winning horses ecstatic with the boost to their bank balance.

Sussex Stakes

Now regarded as the most prestigious race in the schedule, the Sussex Stakes has been run since 1878 in its present, one mile format, but was run as a six-furlong race from 1841 onwards before that. It is usually run on day two (Wednesday) of the festival, and has current prize purse close to one million pounds.

Goodwood Cup

The first feature race of the festival, the Goodwood Cup is a two mile flat-race run on the festival's first day (Tuesday) with a prize purse of half a million pounds. It was first run in 1808, but has had numerous changes culminating in its current two mile Group 1 race version as recently as 2017.

Stewards' Cup

This race is the feature race of the final day of the festival (Saturday) and has a prize purse of a quarter of a million pounds. At Glorious Goodwood in the 1830s the course's senior steward would present a cup to the winner of any race he chose – this was changed in 1840 to create the Stewards' Cup, a sprint race over six furlongs.

Nassau Stakes

The feature race of day three (Thursday) of the festival, the Nassau Stakes is run over one mile and one furlong, and has been contested since 1840. It was named in honour of the House of Orange-Nassau, the Dutch version of a European aristocratic dynasty.

Goodwood Racecourse

Set in picturesque countryside five miles north of Chicester, Goodwood Racecourse was created in 1802 by the third Duke of Richmond, and course is still controlled by the current Richmond family lineage. It is renowned as a summer course, running meetings from May through to September, and only hosts flat racing events.

Notable Goodwood Winners

Several very famous and successful racehorses have triumphed at 'Glorious Goodwood'. Five horses have won the Stewards' Cup twice – Marvel (1890, 1892), Golden Rod (1910, 1912), Lord Annandale (1913, 1914), Sugar Palm (1942, 1943) and Sky Diver (1967, 1968). 

The legendary Mark Johnston-trained Double Trigger triumphed in the Goodwood Cup in 1995, 1997 and 1998, while Midday, trained by Henry Cecil, won the Nassau Stakes in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

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